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Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership

Department Contact: Jennifer McGovney


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Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership
5267 University of Oregon

Department Head:
Charles Martinez, Ph.D.
102A Lokey Education

New Equity Leadership Fellows Program!

Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership is pleased to offer new funding opportunities for our DEd and IAL programs. The goal of this program is to support and expand applicants' personal dedication to educational equity and inclusion. Funding is available for DEd, IAL, and those completing a concurrent DEd/IAL program. There is also an opportunity for school districts to match award funds.

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Department Overview

The curriculum leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership focuses on the process for development, implementation, and achievement of results in the organization and management of K–12 education. Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership provides both researchers and practitioners with the latest methodologies for ensuring effective student learning and professional development in our nation's K–12 school system.

Programs provide educational leaders, policymakers, and researchers with the skills needed to design and implement strategies that improve practices in educational organizations. Graduates are qualified for a variety of positions such as principals and superintendents, supervisors, specialists in technology and curriculum, administrators in middle and secondary schools and at the college level (community colleges, four-year colleges, research universities, and international agencies), consultants with school districts, and researchers in management, leadership, and educational policy.

Graduates of our doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program leave with an array of methodological and analytical skills necessary to create knowledge for understanding how K–12 educational systems work. Graduates of our master's (M.S.) and doctor of education (D.Ed.) degree programs leave with a solid understanding of problems of practice. The Ph.D. program requires full-time study on campus, as students are immersed in faculty research; M.S. and D.Ed. programs are designed for working professionals, offering courses in the evenings and on weekends.

Please click here to see a presentation comparing our Ph.D. and D.Ed. programs.


The EDLD doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program emphasizes the development of expertise in educational research and is intended for individuals who wish to pursue careers as researchers in educational organizations or as professors of education with a specialization in research.

The DEd program focuses on development, implementation, and generation of outcomes in K–12 educational organizations. The program provides practicing educational professionals with an advanced graduate degree that emphasizes leadership development, oral and written communication, and understanding of educational assessment and research.

Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Educational Leadership (EDLD) through EMPL focus on the development, implementation, and generation of improved outcomes in the organization and management of K-12 education. The degree is intended for individuals who wish to pursue careers in student support services, staff and community relations, program coordination, associate program coordination, or advising positions.

The program gives practicing educational professionals in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland an opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge about teaching, learning, and schools while obtaining a degree from an elite American college of education.

The University of Oregon Administrator Licensure Program (ALP) offers initial (IAL) and continuing (CAL) administrator licensure and concurrent degree programs in Eugene, Central Oregon, and the Portland metropolitan area. Most programs have a hybrid model of instruction. The combination of online classes and classroom instruction provides students from every part of Oregon with the opportunity to work with both nationally recognized College of Education faculty and exemplary administrators.

Are you looking to add to your Oregon teaching license by developing skills in teaching reading? The University of Oregon has a unique program that offers you two options designed to serve your choice of goals.